I’ve been telling this news to sundry people over the holidays, and the conversation usually goes like this:
ME: So we’re going to spend six months in Malta in 2007.
OTHER GUY: Malta! That’s really great! Malta! (Long pause.) Where exactly is Malta? Precisely?
It’s a group of islands in the centre of Mediterrenean, with a population of 400,000. There are two populated islands (well, three, but the third is truly tiny and only home to a resort). There’s the main island of Malta and the smaller island of Gozo (pronounced, oddly, ÃƒÂ¡w-desh). We plan to live on Gozo, which is smaller and apparently less touristy.
We’re planning on going in the spring, taking our business with us. It’s a bit of an experiment, as we’ve never moved Capulet, but we’re confident that it’ll work out.
- We wanted to live somewhere tropical and hot, because we’ve never done that before.
- There are direct flights to Europe, the Middle East and northern Africa. This is great for short weekend trips abroad as well as doing business in Ireland and England.
- Compared to some Central and South American destinations we considered, there’s an incredible diversity of other cultures in close proximity.
- There is reliable broadband Internet access.
I do feel it’s a bit of a cop-out, and we should have chosen a more adventuresome country. On the other hand, we want to ensure Capulet survives the transition, so better to be closer to existing clients in Europe. The next time we’ll take another step and consider somewhere more exotic.
So What’s the Plan?
We own an apartment here in downtown Vancouver, so we’re going to put that up for sale in early February. In late April, we’ll head off for six months in Malta. When we get back, we’ll rent in Vancouver and start building a house on our property on Pender Island.
So, that’s the plan. I’ve said it before: how do you make God laugh? Make a plan. The nice thing is that if things go pear-shaped, we can always just leave Malta and go somewhere else or come home.